Mahishasuramardini Cave
Mahishasuramardini Cave
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S. Singh
India5,925 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
The temple is part of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site inscribed in 1984.
Fine Art Both Side Full Size Wall Stone Carving . Walking on some Hight.
Mahabalipuram contains some cave temples and several of these unique structures contain significant works of ancient art. One of them – Mahishasura Mardini Cave – contains several beautiful relief well demonstrating the artistic abilities of sculptors in Pallava times. One is of Vishnu reclining on the seven hooded serpent, Adisesha, another of Durga, the major deity of the cave temple slaying the buffalo headed demon Mahishasura, and the third sanctum also has a sculpture of Vishnu.

The cave also illustrates many scenes from the Hindu. The cave shrine faces east and has three chambers. Its internal dimensions are 32 feet in length, 15 feet in width, and 12.5 feet in height. There is front projection of the main central chamber when compared to the two chambers which border it.

This temple is not finished and does not contain any inscriptions. It is located at the base of diorite hillock, with another ancient structure – Olakneswara Temple on top of this hill.

Be Sure having Hat/ Umbrella And More of Water Bottles Because long distance of walking , moving ahead for another articles near .
Written January 7, 2019
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SaileshSarmah
Tinsukia, India237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Near the Arjuna's Penance and Krishna Butter Ball, this 700 AD is a small cave cut in the rock. Beautiful Carvings which is worth a watch. Few climbed up to get a better view of the Krishna Butter Ball.
Written January 19, 2015
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PARTHAPAL1982
Kolkata (Calcutta), India820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
An incredibly beautiful monolithic cave temple, dedicated to Goddess Mahishamardini or Goddess Durga, Goddess Parvati’s warrior avatar who slayed Mahishasura, the demon who could transform into a buffalo at will. Mahishamardini cave temple lies past a boulder strewn path that leads right up to the rock cut flight of stairs culminating at the cave temple’s four-pillared front. The cave’s central shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva while the two on its either side are dedicated to Lord Vishnu is his reclining form and Goddess Mahishamardini. It’s the Mahishamardini panel on the right side that is of particular interest. It depicts the combat scene where Goddess Durga, riding a lion, is fighting Mahishasura in the legendary 9 day fierce, one to one battle. Be prepared for climbing up stairs, so recommend wearing light sports shoes and carry some water bottles.Camera's are allowed.
Written July 26, 2015
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Manashi_G
Bengaluru, India94 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
Really feel bad about this place. It's a tiny hill with a temple situated at the top. Not maintained well. Locals thrive around in bazaars and keep it dirty. Not enough room at the top to stand (more than 6 people). View from the top is nice overlooking the beach though.
Written March 15, 2015
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AmitJ24
Bengaluru, India282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
This cave is not as famous as the other monuments but the carvings are very beautiful. One has to climb a bit to reach this cave, so plan accordingly. The Lighthouse is next to this cave. There are quite a few monkeys too
Written July 23, 2015
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seru78
Guwahati, India59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
Although I don't possess a degree or hard core knowledge of ancient sculptures (To be frank, zero knowledge), but I must admit that these are some really very great sculptures. The entire area is full of rocks and reminded me of the song rocky mountain by john denver. I was amazed by the great ancient works. those who are interested in ancient art and culture must visit this place, you won't regret it... And yes if you wanna buy some statues or show piece, there are few shops in the area where they made many size and kind of statues/show pieces out of rocks.... I've heard that they also export them and many people buys them at a very high price ..... Do visit the place, but carry a water bottle and umbrella... and also a pair of comfortable (sport shoes) won't do any harm (You know what I mean).....
Written April 16, 2015
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Mikan999
Bristol, UK518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The Mahishasuramardini cave is part of the Mahabalipuram complex but is easily missed because it is a little way from the other temples, however it had some of the most interesting carvings. Especially superb is the panel showing Durga fighting the buffalo-headed demon Mahisha. It is worth learning a bit about Hindu Art and Architecture before visiting. The book on this subject by George Michell is great for this. This cave temple is a must.
Written January 9, 2020
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MegzZoomer
Bengaluru, India160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
This cave resembles an elephant. It looks like an Elephant with a small chariot hounded to it's back. As you enter the cave you see beautiful carvings. You can also climb up the cave and take a panoramic view of the city. Right opposite to the this you have a light house that was used by the Britishers to guide the sailors.
You can climb on the light house for a similar view of the city.
Written October 9, 2018
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malabarcoast
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
this image of the goddess defeating the buffalo demon is a standard meme in hindu sculpture, and goes all the way back to the sindhu-sarasvati era. it shows the remarkable continuity of civilization in the subcontinent from 5000 years to the present. this is one of the absolutely best mahishasura mardini images anywhere, a total masterpiece
Written August 28, 2018
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GeetaDelhi
Hanoi, Vietnam127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
The Mahishasuramardini cave is important part of the visit to Mahabalipuram because of the grand myth around its existence.
It has historical importance to the Hindus who believe it has been around for thousands of years!!
I may be biased but i loved it :)
Written April 5, 2018
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